Survivors’ Network granted £66,949 by Lloyds Bank Foundation

Sussex-based charity Survivors’ Network will be launching a Volunteer Buddy Scheme thanks to support from Lloyds Bank Foundation who will be providing a £66,949 grant over the next three years.

Survivors’ Network will be able to continue to offer help, support and advice to people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse in and around Brighton, with the help from Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The registered charity helps people heal from their experiences of sexual abuse and encourages them to meet and share coping strategies and gain strength from other survivors.

Using their grant to establish a Volunteer Buddy Scheme, Survivors’ Network will be able to do more for women living with the trauma of sexual violence, helping them to overcome their ordeals by providing support from trained volunteers with lived experience of sexual violence themselves.

Through the scheme, participants will receive support and encouragement to help the survivors work towards a more stronger, more independent lifestyle in future.

Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors’ Network, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving this grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach women, who may not have been able to access our support, and empower them to be in control of their lives and at the centre of their own recovery.”

Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: “As highlighted in our recent research, small and medium-sized charities have been hit hardest by changes to public funding yet at the same time, demand for their services has risen. We are more committed than ever to providing vital funding to charities like Survivors’ Network, allowing them to grow and thrive, and to reach and help the people that really rely on them.”

The £66,949 grant made to Survivors’ Network was one of 90 grants totalling £4,014,903 made to small and medium-sized charities across England and Wales in the first of three annual grant rounds, including nine grants totalling £431,248 awarded across the South East of England.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is the largest corporate foundation in the UK and an independent charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Helping Britain Prosper Plan.

To find out more about Survivors’ Network visit, www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk